Tarot cards ‘not just about the money’

DAILY GRIND Jackie Pope makes a liv­ing telling for­tunes. Re­porter Emma Whit­taker sat down with her to find out what goes on in the world of tarot card read­ing.

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Jackie Pope still hasn’t got a ‘‘real job’’.

In 1999 she turned to tarot card read­ing af­ter a lengthy ad­min­is­tra­tion ca­reer in the health sec­tor ended un­der un­pleas­ant cir­cum­stances.

‘‘I found out my boss was com­mit­ting fraud. I went to my big bosses to re­port it, but I was told it was none of my busi­ness and to go away. Even­tu­ally I went to the po­lice and re­ported him.

‘‘I lost my job and I couldn’t get another one any­where, so I thought ‘I’ll just do some tarot read­ing un­til I get a real job’. I haven’t got one yet.’’

The hobby that be­came a pro­fes­sion is some­thing the Mt Eden res­i­dent has been prac­tic­ing since she was a teenager.

At 17 Ms Pope re­turned to the United King­dom where she was born and met mem­bers of her fa­ther’s fam­ily who are Druids. For­tune telling is part of the an­cient celtic phi­los­o­phy.

Her ser­vice is now a thriv­ing small busi­ness.

As well as see­ing clients there are emails to check, more than one web­site to work on, and a mag­a­zine col­umn to put to­gether.

‘‘It’s like any cor­po­rate job be­cause I’ve made this into a bit of a brand,’’ she says.

It’s got the fi­nan­cial flex­i­bil­ity and the free­dom that comes with run­ning her own busi­ness, but like any job there are tough days.

‘‘I once had some­one’s wife visit in the morn­ing and their mis­tress in the af­ter­noon.

‘‘In the morn­ing I had the wife say­ing ‘I think my hus­band is hav­ing an af­fair’, and in the af­ter­noon I had the mis­tress say­ing ‘do you think he’ll leave her for me’.

‘‘I don’t take peo­ple’s sur­names be­cause Auck­land is a small town and as soon as some­one walks out I just let the read­ing go, but this was just too co­in­ci­den­tal.’’

En­sur­ing her clients don’t be­come re­liant is one of the chal­lenges of the job.

‘‘Some want to come back re­peat­edly. I have to be very care­ful about that.

‘‘I could just take any client any time they want, but it’s not just about the money.

‘‘A read­ing should be a mo­ti­va­tion, and in­spi­ra­tion, and then a plan. It’s frus­trat- ing that peo­ple don’t get on with their lives and take the read­ing and do some­thing with it,’’ she says.

With over 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence Ms Pope is able to of­fer a few tips to to peo­ple wanting get a read­ing.

‘‘The reader should never ask you lead­ing ques­tions. They should be telling you things. And you should never pay un­til the read­ing is over. I tell peo­ple ‘if you’re not happy then don’t pay’.’’

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Wyrd work: Jackie Pope makes a liv­ing read­ing tarot cards.

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